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The greatest story in European soccer this summer has nothing to do with Nike (NKE), toothy Uruguayans, Cristiano Ronaldo, or Saudi billionaires. It involves a bunch of gunsmiths f...(full article)

It was only moments after watching his team eliminated from the World Cup that Jurgen Klinsmann first made it clear that, as far as the U.S. national team talent pool was concerned...(full article)

Calling Landon Donovan "one of a kind" can be taken as either praise or criticism, or in the unusual case of his departing cameo from the United States men's national team, neith...(full article)

Christian Seifert has been following soccer's summer transfer period with equal parts wonder and bemusement.   There was Luis Suarez, jumping from Liverpool to Barcelona for nearl...(full article)

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Terry Cleared of Racial Abuse

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MLS Midseason Awards

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